Punjab court sends Delhi's AAP MLA in 2-day police custody

Chandigarh: AAP legislator Naresh Yadav from Delhi was remanded in police custody for two days on Monday by a Punjab court in connection with a Quran sacrilege incident last month. Yadav was presented in the court in the Muslim-dominated town of Malerkotla, nearly 100 km from Chandigarh. The Punjab Police on Sunday evening arrested the AAP legislator from Mehrauli from his Delhi office while he was addressing the media. The arrest came after the Malerkotla court issued his arrest warrants. The Punjab Police had questioned Yadav for over eight hours on July 9 in connection with the Quran desecration incident of June 24. The AAP lawmaker was booked as a "mastermind" in the Quran sacrilege conspiracy following alleged revelations by one of the accused arrested in the case. Main accused Vijay Kumar, who claimed he was paid Rs 1 crore by Yadav for the act, later recorded his statement last week before a magistrate. The Sangrur police had arrested Vijay Kumar, Gaurav and Nand Kishore on charge of desecration of the Quran and said they belonged to the right-wing Hindu organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Yadav claims he had nothing to do with the incident and was being falsely implicated for political reasons.